Jags vs. Texans battle Monday night!
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This week’s Monday night game has two teams who are both technically still in the play-off hunt, but in all likelihood this season will end up a huge disappointment for both the 4-7 Jacksonville Jaguars, as well as the 4-7 Houston Texans.
Prior to this season the Texans looked to build on an 8-8 season and make a play-off push, while the Jags were considered by many to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Now it’s one time fighting another to keep out of the basement of the AFC South. This hasn’t been a good year for most the teams in this division (minus the Titans, who are feeling just fine). Both of these teams matching up have had tough schedules and both have dealt with injuries. Both have also had moments that were just inexcusably bad, as well.
Houston gets a solid home field advantage, and they have the offensive weapons to be frightening, regardless of who the quarterback is. DE Mario Williams is one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, but this unit as a whole is rather spotty. On paper Jacksonville should be one of the best teams, but they have become soft and incapable of playing smash mouth football against a mean opponent.
This is a game where the Jags have more talent, but since they haven’t put it together so far, why would they figure out how to do it now? The Texans can score, and they feel all right in a shoot out, especially since they have just enough quality players to make a game changing play.
The one thing Houston can’t do is get confident in their home field advantage, and the Jags know that Super Bowl windows are a funny thing. They need to rebound this season at the end to build any kind of a positive momentum to build off of going into next week. Jags win a close game, and pull off the mild upset, 31-28.